Lives in the Yiddish Theatre
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"

1931-1969
 

Abish Meisels

 

M. was born on 9 October 1893 in Kulikov, near Lemberg, Galicia. His father was a super. After his father's early death, he was raised by his grandfather, a cantor in Ku?itshintser rabbi. Here he learned in a kloyz, and at the age of ten he became cast out for reading a shtel of Chumash di ekdkh in the form of a "theatre". At the age of thirteen he became a cigar maker and a year later became a co-founder of the Gordin club in Tarnopol, where he performed as "Shmay" in Gordin's "The Jewish King Lear", "Ben Akiva" in Gutzkov's "Uriel Acosta" and the like.

In 1915 in Vienna there was staged M.'s time-play "Harts un hant farn foterland", which also was performed in other cities. Later there was staged the play "Nokh 20 or"....and Sh. Pryzament's play "Der gulm fun prog" [Sh. Pryzament and A. Meisels -- a play in three acts. Publisher Sh. Goldfarb. Warsaw 1926. 32 pp., 16, in text it was described as a "musical legend in four acts"], his dramatization "Kapitan dreyfus" and the revue "Oyf keyn tel-aviv".

M. also translated Vedekind's "Erdgeyst", "Pygmalion" and Shakespeare's "Othello".

For eight months M. directed with a Yiddish variety in Vienna and also participated as "Henekh" in a German offering of An-ski's "Der dybuk".

M. is a prompter in the Vienna Yiddish theatre.


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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 1297.
 

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